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My View: Practicing gratitude feeds the good wolf

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01.07.2021

I love a parable by an unknown author. In it a grandfather is talking with his grandson. The grandfather says, “In life, there are two wolves inside of us which are always at battle. One is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery, and love. The other is a bad wolf which represents things like greed, hatred, and fear.”

Susan Gianiodis, of Orchard Park, writes in a daily gratitude journal.

The grandson stops and thinks about it, then he looks up and asks, “Grandfather, which one wins? ”The grandfather replies, “The one you feed.”

I have read that one of the best ways to “feed the good wolf” is to be grateful, to think about the things in life that bring comfort and pleasure.

I bought a gratitude journal where you write what you feel grateful for each day. I listed the big, most obvious blessings first: my family, friends, job, health, house, pets, co-workers, students and bosses. Next came first responders, our military, health care workers, and those providing services, even during quarantine. After a while, though, I decided I would focus on the small moments, and the everyday things taken for granted.

Listening to the radio on my way to work I heard the familiar traffic report: backup on the........

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